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It's a pretty powerful thing to allow someone to step inside the most personal and intimate spaces in our lives; that is what home is for me and my family. I feel honored to have been able to cultivate a multitude of spaces for clients over the years.
So let’s get personal! I’m Taryn Strong. Born and raised a Colorado mountain girl I have a deep love for the outdoors and action sports, with a small side of redneck. I didn’t grow up in a large elaborate, multi-million-dollar lodge-sized home, but a quaint two bedroom cabin in the woods with humble, hard-working parents. This has shaped my philosophy that it is always possible to have things you find beautiful surrounding you. Watching my parents turn the old cabin into their dream home will stay with me forever, and it gives me excitement to help people with their homes to achieve their dreams.
The last five years have been the biggest catalyst in my life to give me the courage needed to step out and start my own design practice. Family is the most important thing in my life, and it is what most of us center our lives around. Just over a decade ago my mother, the rock of our family, was diagnosed with a rare slow progressing version of ALS; it shook us to our foundation. The journey wasn’t easy or pretty from the outside, but seeing what real, deep love looks like up close and personal empowered me, and challenged me, to help others create the space of their dreams and let the rest of the world fall away. It was in helping finish two bathrooms in their home that I knew I needed to be doing this; when a family friend stepped in to help complete a stunning roll-in shower for my mother I saw a light in her eyes seeing another part of her home become just what she wanted. It also served a higher function that allowed her to enjoy her home beyond the walls of her bedroom.
Stronghold Design is born from these my incredible parents that fortified our family and our home into a sanctuary. While my mother is no longer with us, she left a beautiful touch on that cabin in the woods that will always be there when I need some extra “umph” in my step; the record player will be spinning and a glass of wine waiting. My promise to my clients is giving them a place that is personal for them and their guests, because I believe the time we spend within any environment is special. We are creating memories to carry throughout our lives and share a legacy with those to follow. I want to give a Stronghold to each of my clients.
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